Hand Therapy Week

Did you know that June 3-9 is Hand Therapy Week?

Hand Therapy Week (previously known as Healthy Hands Week) is an integrated national program sponsored by The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). Hand Therapy Week brings the benefits of the hand therapy profession to new audiences – demonstrating the advantages of prevention and treatment procedures for patients who have been affected by an accident or trauma, and educating the public.

Here are a few facts about hand therapy:

1. Hand therapy is the art and science of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity (shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand). Hand therapy uses a number of therapeutic interventions to help return a person to their highest level of function.

2. To obtain the CHT credential, a hand therapist must practice as an OT or PT for a minimum of five years, accumulating at least 4,000 hours of hand and upper extremity experience. Hand therapists must also pass a rigorous certification examination to demonstrate their competency in the practice of hand therapy.

Differences between Lipedema and Lymphedema

By Joachim Zuther, on March 31ST, 2013

Lipedema As outlined in a previous entry, lipedema is a chronically progressive, symmetrical accumulation of fat in the subcutaneous tissue occurring almost exclusively in women. Primarily the lower extremities are affected, but lipedema may occur in combination with the upper extremities as well. Lipedema is characterized by symmetric enlargement of the limbs, combined with tenderness and easy bruising.
Lipedema is not caused by a disorder of the lymphatic system; however, it is commonly misdiagnosed as bilateral primary lymphedema.
Several marked differences between lipedema and primary lymphedema can be distinguished; these differences are highlighted in the table below.

April is National Occupational Therapy Month

By Teresa Schreiber, MA, OTR, CHT, CEES of Schreiber Upper Extremity Rehab, PC
April is celebrated as National Occupational Therapy Month. Many people often ask what is Occupational Therapy? Occupational Therapy or OT is a health care profession that uses purposeful activity with individuals who are limited by physical injury or illness, psychosocial dysfunction, developmental or learning disabilities, poverty and cultural differences or aging process in order to maximize independence, prevent disability and maintain health.